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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Kris Hallett Is the sign of a truly great play one that can be flexible enough to take the concepts hoisted on it by a director and reveal something hitherto unrevealed to its audience in the meantime? This is the question one came out of watching Headlong Theatre’s Pygmalion, playing in Bath ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Composer: George Frideric Handel Librettist: Adapted from Silvio Stampiglia’s 1694 libretto. English version by Nicholas Hytner. Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kelyn Luther When Handel premiered Xerxes in 1738, it was a commercial failure - as an opera seria,  audiences did not expect comic elements. ETO has taken Nicholas Hytner’s 1985 English translation and successfully reset it in ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Bath Theatre Royal

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kris Hallett For all the talk of Regietheater taking over our playhouses, for all the machinations of Goold and Icke, no one takes concept as seriously as the opera world. English Touring Opera’s take on Handel’s Xerxes lays out its stall from its opening moments, its famous opening aria Ombra mai fu, ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer:Kris Hallett It’s a funny quirk that so often in that most Everest of roles Lear, the garlanded actor at its centre gets upstaged by his supporting cast. Blame the genius of the bard, who has created a motley band of memorable supporting turns to populate his masterpiece. There is no fear of that ...

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Single Spies – Theatre Royal, Bath

Single Spies press image

Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer:Kris Hallett If you had to pick a house dramatist that suited the programming for Theatre Royal Bath then it would undoubtedly be Alan Bennett. He reigns supreme as the king of middle England, his plays dotted with the upper middle and literate classes. The packed theatre on press night indicates that nothing screams 'box ...

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Private Lives – Bath Theatre Royal

Private Lives 2016 UK Tour Production Image

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Noel Coward knocked out Private Lives in just four days, and in the process created one of the great comic plays of the theatre. Brimming with bon mots, stinging one-liners and wrapping it round three perfectly constructed acts, he also created two of his great roles in Elyot and Amanda. ...

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Spamalot – Theatre Royal, Bath

Book: Eric Idle Music: Eric Idle &John Du Prez Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Kris Hallett Just in case anyone was worried about how John Cleese was going to afford his latest alimony payments or Michael Palin a new set of walking boots for his latest round the world trip, Spamalot has rolled back into Bath on another UK tour, cashing ...

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Dead Simple – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Kris Hallett The thriller and the theatre have been bedfellows for years. FromGaslighttoSleuththe West End and the regions used to house them regularly but in recent years they have disappeared from the repertory somewhat. So it’s refreshing to see Peter James’Dead Simplego full out on the thriller without the in-jokes ...

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